Saracen’s Killer Kili Video

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Saracen Kili Flyer gets out there.

Saracen is making a big noise about its new Kili Flyer range, which gets its official launch today with a new video. The video, shot over the winter with Manon Carpenter in a number of UK locations, shows that Saracen intends the Kili to be a one-bike-fits-most solution for all UK trail riding needs. If you want bigger, they have bigger, and if you want hardtails, they do that too, but the Kili Flyer sits right at the spot that most UK trail riders are keen on. We’re big fans of the Kili range here at Singletrack, having recently given the Kili Flyer our prestigious Editors’ Choice Award – and the 2014 model, with its carbon back end, is making wallets twitch. We have a Kili 123 on test at the moment, so stay tuned for a review in Singletrack soon.

Water resistant too

Now, sit back and enjoy Manon rampaging around the UK countryside. Bonus points for identifying all the riding locations.

Saracen’s enthusiastic press release is below:

We started development of the 120mm travel Kili Flyer in 2012 and we were one of the first bike companies to bring a 27.5in trail bike to market in 2013. It took a while for component manufacturers to catch up and offer a good choice of parts that were not just gravity orientated.

It’s pretty funny hearing the conspiracy theories about 27.5in but people need to get over the fact that this wheel size is not just hype created to sell more product, but a wheel size that 90% of the population could ride and that offers rolling advantages on rough terrain that, when timed on a stopwatch, is faster than our much loved 26in.

The 2014 Flyer is the next step in the development of what we feel is an ideal trail bike.

We’re a small team designing great bikes that can be ridden anywhere in the world. Our headquarters is home to some of the wettest weather on the planet so we get to test the bikes in the muddiest and grittiest conditions. That’s where the “designed for UK trails” comes from, knowledge that your bike can handle wet weather as well as dry, dusty trails.

The Flyer features our own custom butted and formed 6013 Alloy front triangle with a Toray carbon rear triangle for stiffness, strength and weight saving over the original full alloy bike. The Toray carbon rear has been designed from knowledge we gained while developing the Toray carbon swingarm on our Myst DH race chassis. We call the suspension platform, on all our bikes TRL. It’s simple really: Tuned Ride Link. Single pivot for stiffness with a linkage driven shock for great suspension performance and combined together with a long top tube and relatively slack head angle for perfect trail manners.

The Kili Flyer range starts at £1999 (for the full alloy model) and tops out at £3199 with a framekit option at £1599.

As Manon Carpenter recently said on one of our shoots, “If I could only have one bike, this would be it.”

Kili Flyer – A bike for all Trails. A bike for all seasons.

Manon chases boy. Then beats him.

Kili Flyer 123 – £3199.99

Kili Flyer 122- £2599.99


Kili Flyer 121 – £1999.99

Comes in frame-only too.

Kili Flyer 12X Frameset – £1599.99


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (10)

    There’s definitely some Lee Quarry in the middle there, but what’s the trail at the end?

    LLandegla in there too.

    She’s got some style on a bike that girl! 😉

    That toast looks very anaemic! I’d leave it in for a little longer whilst pondering my choice of topping.

    We thought that about the toast colour in the office too. As for style – that Lee Quarry scrub forgives any blonde toast moments.

    was that rust on the Vito?

    Think I’m in love!

    Smooooth riding. *likes*
    (Bike and van, yes please)

    That seat tube angle
    Not for me

    Nice video, but £3k for a 30lb 120mm bike seems blooming expensive to me.

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